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Lung Cancer: Early Warning Signs & Symptoms

2. Stubborn Cough

A persistent cough that just won’t go away could indicate a lung issue. Sadly, many folks blame this symptom on a cold or allergies and don’t get it checked out. Coughs associated with lung cancer may be dry, or they may be productive. The telltale sign is that it persists for longer than eight weeks with no other apparent cause.

While this type of cough is usually present throughout the day, many patients report that it is worse at night, causing them to lose sleep and leading to fatigue and loss of productivity. Many people dismiss the severity of the symptom, which can unfortunately lead to slower cancer detection.

In addition to having a stubborn cough that just won’t quit, pay attention to what that cough sounds like. This is especially important for smokers. Healthline advises keeping a close watch on how much you’re coughing, what it sounds like, and whether or not you’re coughing up blood or an unusual amount of mucus, particularly any rust-colored phlegm. If so, make an appointment to go see a doctor.

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